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Research Intern

Hiring Organization:
Lincoln Park Zoo

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at

The Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes is looking for interested applicants to apply for our research internships. These highly-competitive internships are best suited for individuals seeking to gain experience in a structured scientific data collection program and to expand their knowledge of primate behavior by studying the Japanese macaques, western lowland gorillas or chimpanzees living at Lincoln Park Zoo.

These internships offer the opportunity to collect data for established projects of primate behavior and group social spacing. In addition to collecting observational data, interns have the opportunity to participate in the Center?s journal club and attend talks as part of the zoo?s Conservation and Science Seminar Series.

Interns are assigned to one of two projects for the duration of their internship: Ape Behavior and Space Use (chimpanzees and gorillas) or Macaque Behavior and Space Use (Japanese macaques). Projects are assigned based on our research needs and project availability.

Through this internship, you will:
*Learn how to reliably collect observational data on socially-housed captive primates
*Increase your familiarity with contemporary behavioral and cognitive research
*Develop an understanding of the scientific writing and reviewing process
*Gain knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analyses and the relevant software and tools

Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All.

*The primary function for the Research Intern is to record observational data on either zoo-housed apes (chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas) or Japanese macaques using an iPad mini and ZooMonitor software (requires passing inter-rater reliability with the Fisher Center Research Coordinator).
*Able to communicate the data collection process and the aims of the Center to zoo guests.
*Willing to work outside in cold and inclement weather
*Able to work two weekdays a week.
*Perform other research and administrative duties as assigned by Fisher Center staff.
*Successful candidates must demonstrate understanding and passion for primatology and scientific research;
*Possess experience in behavioral observations;
*Possess strong organizational and communication skills (written and spoken); 
*Able to interact positively and enthusiastically with the public about our research;
*Work well in a team environment as well as independently;
*Maintains positive and flexible approach to daily responsibility;
*Ability to work within tight timelines and in a busy environment;
*Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions;
*Ability to stand for 3-5 hours a day;
*Willing to work in a loud and crowded environment;
*Computer proficiency, including intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel and Word);
*Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.

Bachelor?s degree in biology, psychology, anthropology, or related field.

Additionally, interns must be 18 years of age or older (required)

The internship program at the Fisher Center is for unpaid part-time positions.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

Term of Appointment:
Every intern must commit to working two full days per week (10AM- 5PM, Mon-Fri) for a minimum of 8 months. Many interns choose to stay even longer (8-24 months).

Application Deadline:
We typically accept 1-3 new interns three times a year in January, May, and September. For the January start, apply in the preceding October; for the May start, apply in the preceding February; or for the September start, apply in the preceding June.

Contact Information:
Lydia Hopper
2001 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614


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